HC Deb 11 July 1961 vol 644 cc26-7W
81. Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what estimate he has made of the additional charge to the Exchequer of the extra cost incurred by local authorities through the derating of British Railways' properties.

Mr. Brooke

None. I assume that what my hon. Friend supposes is that the total payments made by the British Transport Commission in lieu of rates are less than the rates would be if the Commission were rated in the ordinary way; but that is not necessarily true. It certainly is not possible to estimate what difference the system makes to the financial position of local authorities or to Exchequer grants.

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